Breast cancer survivors may have one more thing to look out for. And it’s found in most women’s purses.
“We try so hard to give patients lifestyle recommendations and risk-reducing strategies and yet they could go to the grocery store, buy a product and actually be potentially increasing their risk,” points out Dr. Jennifer Klemp, director of the Breast Cancer Survivorship Center.
New research shows that commercial moisturizers, found on most drugstore shelves, can contain estrogen.
And breast cancer survivors are warned to avoid estrogen at all costs. And products that contain estrogen, are not required to post that on the label.
“And so when we did do the testing I was surprised to see approximately one-third of them did contain some form of estrogen steroid,” says Dr. Tom Kupiec, who conducted some of the research.
The FDA claims to have initiated lab work in this area, and are in the process of developing a method to detect the presence of estrogen. So far, the names of the products that contain estrogen have not been released, but experts advise talking to your doctor.